On 18 May 2017 I will play a concert at Flensburghus in connection with the folkBaltica festival.
I will be playing there together with Kristian Bugge, Mette Kathrine (Jensen & Bugge), and not least the gifted old fiddler Dwight Lamb.
The next day, on May 19, we play at Medborgerhuset Eckernförde, and on May 20 we play at Bartof Station on Frederiksberg in Copenhagen.
83-year-old Lamb is a well-known and respected violinist from Onawa, Iowa.
But he is also a specialist in Danish fiddler music from Vendsyssel, where his maternal grandfather, Chris Jerup, originally lived as a fiddler until he immigrated to the USA at the end of the 19th century. Dwight has learned to play the Danish repertoire on the two-string accordion from his maternal grandfather.
"Visiting Denmark and seeing how people dance and use the music there has been one of the greatest experiences of my life...", says the old man, and continues: "..it's fantastic that the old melodies that I learned from my grandfather, and that you forgot in Denmark, now get new life and are used. That's a lot of really good melodies!”
In connection with his being in Denmark, Dwight will be named the National Musician at an event in the Hofteatret at Christiansborg on 16 May. Look more at: www.rigsspillemand.dk
A few years ago I recorded a live album at Højbystævnet together with Dwight and Jensen & Bugge, as well as the trombone player Anders Ringaard. Apart from that, I have only played a few concerts with Dwight and Jensen & Bugge in Denmark.
But folkBaltica will be the first festival where we will play as a band, and I'm already looking forward to it - it's an honor to play with Mr. Dwight Lamb!